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    Even if you aren’t able to make it to downtown Orlando this year on April 29th, you’ll still be able to enjoy the 2nd Annual Florida Puerto Rican Parade as you’ll be able to watch it live on Channel 9 - WFTV.  The parade starts at 10:00 AM and begin on East Concord Street and North Orange Avenue in Downtown Orlando, and end at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The fun will continue at the Seneff Arts Plaza with the free Puerto Rican Festival. “As the largest Puerto Rican market in the United States, we are truly excited to announce this partnership with the Florida Puerto Rican Parade and Festival,” said Paul Curran, market vice president for Cox Media Group Orlando.   Cox owns WFTV and sister station WRDQ-Channel 27, which will offer a repeat of the parade at 11 p.m. April 28.   ‘Nancy Alvarez and our Eyewitness News team have worked tirelessly to share stories of resiliency and recovery on the island after last year’s devastating storms,” Curran added. “With more families relocating to Central Florida every day, this event is a perfect opportunity to continue our mission of serving our community.”  There will be food, live music, arts and craft vendors and more! For more information, click here.
  • Today and tomorrow we’ll be heating up ahead of our next big front. That front will move in late Sunday and bring with it the threat of severe storms.  All of us are under the risk of severe storms Sunday afternoon through Sunday night. The main threats will be damaging winds, hail and even an isolated tornado chance. Stay weather aware Sunday.  The front will zip through Sunday night and cooler weather moves in. It’ll be unseasonable chilly Monday night, with 40s and low 50s.
  • Our WDBO listeners are very passionate about our radio station and often feel a sense of ownership with us - “WDBO is MY radio station,” they’ll say.  And even when we make very minor changes in our on-air presentation, people are quick to notice.  In the last week, a great number of listeners have asked if we added the word “point” to the way we say News 96.5 WDBO.  The short answer is: Yes. We have.  But the big question is not ‘have we,’ but ‘WHY have we?’ With the rise of so-called smart speakers (Amazon’s Echo, Google’s Home, Apple’s Siri, etc.) radio stations around the world have had to consider making minor changes to the spoken brand (nothing changes with our visual logo) to assure that the smart speakers adequately return the desired product.  As an example, last year I had a conversation with Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade. I had noticed that Brian’s radio show had changed names from “Kilmeade & Friends” to “The Brian Kilmeade Show.”  I asked Brian why they made the change.  “We found that people who’d say ‘Kilmeade and Friends’ to their smart speakers were taken to a story about ‘Killing my friends.”  Well. That’s bad.  So it’s Amazon’s fault that Brian changed the name of his show.  And it’s Amazon’s fault that we’re had to put a point between the six and the five. 
  • Happy Birthday, David Hogg.  The Parkland, Fla., teenager has quickly become the recognizable face and voice of gun control after the shooting massacre at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in February.  At the stroke of midnight Thursday, Hogg tweeted: “Now that I’m 18 I can vote will you?” While Hogg was greeted with initial good will as a victim of a traumatic event, the gloves have slowly been coming off from political opponents and critics of his over-the-top rhetoric. And with him now of legal voting age, opponents are stepping up their criticism of Hogg.  Nearly 10,000 users have retweeted Hogg’s birthday proclamation, many of which are very critical of the teen. 
  • A driver seen on viral dashcam video slamming a motorcyclist to the curb in Sarasota has been found and arrested.  Sarasota Sheriff's Office says the driver of the Mazda 3 hatchback is 30-year-old Magdiel Medrano-Bonilla.   In addition to causing the crash, Medrano-Bonilla did not stop after causing the crash. The motorcycle rider, 33-year-old Darin Hendrickson, was left with broken ribs, road rash, and minor abrasions after the car intentionally rammed him. See original story here.  Medrano-Bonilla was booked into the Sarasota County Jail for aggravated battery causing injury and operating a motor vehicle without a driver's license. His bail was set at $10,000 for operating a motor vehicle without a driver's license but no bail was set for the aggravated battery with injury charge.
  • Severe weather is expected to hit Central Florida Tuesday afternoon. “Any time from 1 p.m. through the evening, we run the risk of strong to severe storms. Damaging winds and tornadoes are possible. The highest risk time will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.,” Severe Weather Center 9 meteorologist Brian Shields said.  Shields said the weather is associated with a line of storms that will move in from the west and move east.  “There will be gradual clearing later Tuesday night, and then cooler and sunny tomorrow,” Shields said.
  • The phenomenon of mass shootings in the United States dates back years; decades even. Most historians point to the 1966 Austin, Texas, incident when a former Marine shot 18 people dead from his perch atop the clock tower at the University of Texas. At the time, that was the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. But by today’s standards of mass murder in a shooting spree, the Texas clock tower massacre is ‘only’ the 8th deadliest.  And in the last 3 years, we’ve seen a marked increase in the body count in mass shootings.  2012 - Sandy Hook – 27 dead.  2016 – Pulse nightclub – 49 dead 2017 – Sutherland Springs Texas church – 25 and an unborn baby dead 2017 – Las Vegas concert – 58 dead 2018 … 2 weeks ago … Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida – 17 dead.   The Parkland massacre shared many of the same traits as most of the others – missed warning signs, emotionally troubled perpetrator, questionable access to firearms and a soft target.  But, the Valentine’s Day massacre in Parkland has one unique characteristic – The murder of 17 people at the end of the school day has given birth to an actual national discussion on what can be done to prevent this from happening again. Led by students who made it out of the school alive and joined by political parties, labor unions, special interest groups and the power of the internet, #NeverAgain is born.  And for two hours Tuesday, News 96.5 WDBO and Channel 9 Eyewitness News will serve our community by leading a discussion we’re calling #NeverAgain - Solutions to prevent the next shooting massacre in the United States.  Join Joe Kelley, host of Orlando’s Morning News, joined by co-hosts Marsha Taylor and Tony Marino from News 96.5 WDBO and news anchor Greg Warmoth from Channel 9 Eyewitness News.  We’ll be joined by the community’s leaders in law enforcement, education, psychology and security and by YOU – the listeners of News 96.5 WDBO and viewers of Channel 9 Eyewitness news. You can watch our discussion online on the WBDO Facebook page.  President Trump met with Parkland survivors and the families of victims. Mr. Trump is driving hard the idea of arming some teachers and banning bump stocks. Governor Rick Scott has rolled out a 3-part plan for reducing the frequency of school shootings in Florida.  The 3 pillars of the plan are gun laws, school safety, and mental health.  And those are the 3 main issues we’ll discuss Tuesday (February 27th) from 10:00am - 12:00 noon on News 96.5 WDBO. 
  • A crash involving two semi-trucks Friday morning shut down the east lanes of Interstate 4 near the State Road 528 on-ramp. Orange County Fire Rescue said live fish were on the road from one of the trucks. Fire Rescue officials said there was “heavy damage,” but did not say if anyone was injured. It's not clear what caused the crash.  No other details were released. Heavy fog was an issue on the roads throughout the morning. UPDATE: the fish are from a farm in Clewiston. They are tilapia. Crew was headed to Brooklyn. They were scheduled to get there Saturday morning at 4am.
  • A crane toppled Wednesday morning on the Division Avenue ramp onto State Road 408, Florida Department of Transportation officials said. Police said no one was hurt and that ramp closures were already anticipated for the area.  News 96.5 WDBO reporter Darrell Moody was the first reporter at the scene this morning in the pre-dawn hours.  Road closures are expected later Wednesday to upright the crane.  Power in the area was knocked out briefly.  The area has been under construction for the I-4 Ultimate project.  No other details were released.
  • News 96.5 WDBO adds a second hour of the Brian Kilmeade radio show starting today.  You’ll hear Brian weekdays from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM.  The change comes as Herman Cain scales back his work schedule to produce only one hour of radio programming each day from his Atlanta studio.  Fans of Herman Cain will be glad to know that you’ll still be able to hear him weekdays from 11:00 AM - Noon.  “Brian’s been really popular with our listeners here in Orlando since we debuted one hour of his show four years ago,” says Drew Anderssen, News 96.5 WDBO Brand Manager and Program Director. 
  • Joe Kelley

    News Director

    Joe Kelley has joined the staff of News 96.5 as News Director and host of Orlando's Morning News. Joe comes to Orlando from News 96.5’s sister-station KRMG in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he also held both positions.

    Joe has been recognized many times over for his successes as an on-air radio personality and community leader. He has received awards from Radio and Records Magazine, Radio Ink Magazine, the Dallas Press Club, and Las Vegas Women in Communications, the Tulsa Press Club, the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters and more. In 2007, Joe was named to the "Top 40 Under 40" achievers in Tulsa People Magazine, The Journal Record Newspaper and the Tulsa Business Journal.

    More than just a broadcaster, Joe has been a writer for Tulsa Kids Magazine since 2005. His monthly column focuses on the observational humor he enjoys while raising his three young children with his wife of 16 years, Nicole. Joe's now featured in Orlando Family Magazine with his Twitter MoMENts column.

    Joe has been active in the Rotary Club and has served on the board of directors and as sergeant-at-arms. Joe is also a long-time volunteer, board member and former chairman of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma. Joe has raised more than $1.4 million in the last 7 years for Make-A-Wish.

    Radio was a calling for Joe.


    His broadcast career began in 1982, in the small southeast Texas town of Nederland.

    The phone in his high school journalism class rang. The teacher was out of the room at the moment, so Joe reached for the phone.

    “Hey, you wanna be on the radio?” the voice on the phone asked.

    Unbeknownst to Joe at that moment, on the other end of that phone line was a 30-year-plus career in broadcast journalism.

    Calling was a local radio station program director in need of free help.

    Joe jumped at the chance.

    For most people, opportunity knocks.

    In Joe’s case, it called.

    And while his initial introduction to radio was entirely unexpected, Joe's ascension to his level of professional success is quite deliberate and the result of three decades of thoughtful and creative performances on award-winning radio stations across the country.

    On the personal side, Joe has been married to the woman of his dreams, Nicole, since 1996. Joe and Nicole were winners on TV’s “The Newlywed Game” later that year.

    Nicole and Joe adopted an 11-year-old son from the state of Texas in 2001, after seeing his story on the Dallas TV news. Nicole gave birth in Dallas to their only daughter, Sierra, in 2003. The always-rambunctious Kelley twins, Hudson and Brooks, were born in Tulsa in 2006.

    Joe and Nicole are thrilled to move the family to Orlando and are very excited about making new friends in their new home.

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The Latest Headlines You Need To Know

  • Police in Orange County are looking for a person of interest in relation to a murder that happened Friday afternoon.   At 1:19 p.m., deputies responded to The Bondsman on West Michigan Street in reference to a check on well being. Upon arrival, a victim was found dead at the scene.    The person of interest is James Cole. Cole was accompanied by a black female and possible left the scene in the pictured car.    Anyone with any information on this case is asked to contact Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS(8477). There is a reward of up to $5,000 if it leads to an arrest.
  • Actor Joonas Suotamo, the man behind the famed wookie Chewbacca in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story stopped by Disney's Hollywood Studios recently to take in the action of the park's Star Wars themed offerings. This all comes ahead of his scheduled appearance at the park's Star Wars: Galactic Nights event, which will take on May 27 and run from 7 p.m. until midnight.  The Star Wars themed event will feature unique exclusive photo opportunities, merchandise, and of course, the celebrities.  This year, Joonas will be a celebrity guest speaker to talk about his movie- making experience, as well as answer questions from some lucky fans.  Guests in attendance can also be expected to see the nods to the new movie during the fireworks presentation of Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away.  The Solo: A Star Wars Story movie will open in theaters on May 25th.  You can see the actor's experience in the park here:
  • Former President George H.W. Bush is known for wearing festive socks. He wore a special pair of socks Saturday to the funeral of his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush, in tribute to her work in literacy awareness. >> Read more trending news  Barbara Bush, the wife of the nation’s 41st president and mother of the nation’s 43rd, died Tuesday at her Houston home. She was 92. Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath posted on Twitter that the former president is wearing socks festooned with books. McGrath went on to say that Barbara Bush's literacy campaign raised over $110 million in 30 years. The private funeral ceremony is being attended by approximately 1,500 invited guests, including first lady Melania Trump, former President Bill Clinton, former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama.
  • Approximately 1,500 guests attended former first lady Barbara Bush's private funeral ceremony in Houston Saturday. Barbara Bush, the wife of the nation’s 41st president and mother of the nation’s 43rd, died Tuesday at her Houston home. She was 92. About 2,500 mourners paid their respect at a public viewing held Friday in Houston, The Associated Press reported. >> Read more trending news  The service took place at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. Jeb Bush delivered a eulogy for his mother. Longtime friend Susan Baker and historian Jon Meacham also gave remarks during the 90-minute service. Multiple musical selections were performed. A procession followed, with burial at the Bush Library at Texas A&M University in College Station. Barbara Bush will be buried next to her daughter, Robin, who was 3 years old when she died of leukemia in 1953, The AP reported. Notable guests included first lady Melania Trump, former President Bill Clinton, former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, The AP reported.
  • The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating after a man in Orlando is dead following a deputy involved shooting Friday evening.  It happened around 8:30 p.m. near West South Street and Lime Avenue.  Orange County Deputies say 48 year old James Bauduy was wanted after reportedly shooting and killing his girlfriend's 82 year old mother, Elfriede Asendorf, and then carjacking his girlfriend earlier this week in the Conway-Windermere area.  After receiving a tip, deputies were able to locate him. Bauduy was shot by two deputies, but it is unclear if the man was carrying a weapon.  He was then taken to the hospital, where he died. The deputies in the involved shooting were not hurt. At least half a dozen shots were reportedly fired during the incident.  Both deputies have been reassigned to administrative duties for no less than a week, pending the investigation.